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Joining Body and Mind

October 16, 2009

When mind and body are joined together properly, there is a sense of joining heaven and earth. This comes from the sitting practice of meditation, to begin with. We have to sit and slow down. The discipline of meditation is both training the mind and training the body. In the discipline of meditation, we have both a constant posture of uprightness, which is the quality of body, and a means of relating with the greater depth of space, or experiencing great openness, which is working with your mind. . . . When mind and body are synchronized in your life and practice, there is very little chance for neurosis of any kind to arise.

From "Joining Heaven and Earth," pages 75 to 76, in Smile at Fear: Awakening the True Heart of Bravery, now available from Shambhala Publications.

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